It’s just a fact of life: eventually we have to say goodbye to even our favorite smartphones and move on to greener pastures. Just how long you’re going to hold on to that old hardware depends on a lot of factors, including contract status and your ability to avoid accidentally breaking it. For a lot of us, the writing on the walls that informs us it’s finally time to move on comes in the form of software updates – or rather, the lack thereof. Eventually, it just doesn’t make sense for a manufacturer to keep supporting old phones with ongoing updates, and that’s a point a favorite Android flagship has just reached, as HTC confirms plans to not bring the One M7 Google’s latest Android release.

The One M7 only just got its Android 5.0 Lollipop update last month, but that’s going to be all she wrote; HTC’s Mo Versi has confirmed on Twitter that the first-gen One won’t be seeing Android 5.1.

Well, that deserves a big asterisk, at least. While the regular One M7 won’t be seeing any Android 5.1 action, the manufacturer does have plans to bring a 5.1 update to the Google Play edition One M7 – look for that release to land sometime next month.

Considering the One M7’s age, none of this is really surprising – two years of software support is about all a phone can expect, and that’s all HTC ever committed to. And really, ending on a big release like 5.0 is a lot better than living out its days with an old KitKat build. But we’re still just a little sad to see the book closing on this very memorable Android smartphone.

Source: Mo Versi (Twitter)
Via: Android Police

Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen’s first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he’s convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he’s not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits

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